Kilimanjaro, Tanzania

last day before summit

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I left camp at 1:00 am and began the long hike slowly in the darkness on a switchback trail through loose volcanic scree to reach the crater rim at Gillman's Point (5685m,18,650ft).

Though I started an hour later than most I still made it to Gillman’s far too early and very cold.  Not what I needed to be told to slow down in order to make the summit for sunrise at Uhuru Peak.  At that point I could have cared less about the sunrise and just wanted to hit the point and go back down.  However, I slowed down, froze further if that is possible, and arrived at the peak at 6:20am.  The sunrise is incredible and definitely the highlight of the hike. The glaciers of course make it all worthwhile. Less than two weeks earlier I had been viewing the Patagonian Ice-field Glaciers and now here I was in Africa.


The route back to Gillman’s allows for photo time and ideally to let the sun start to warm you. The descent, about 2 solid hours surfing scree, seemed endless. Back to camp for 45 min then a 6 miles walk to Horombo that seems pleasant at the start and then unending two hour later.

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